Gayluz Rivera-Claudio

Gayluz Rivera-Claudio

Miami, FL, US



I am a recent architecture graduate in the search for work opportunities where I can continue growing in the field.


Department of Energy Solar Decathlon (Florida International University), Miami FL, architect / interiors

Collaborated with the Interior Design Team during the design process of the self-sustainable solar house

Ensured that all the materials/finishes utilized are sustainable, affordable, ADA compliant and in accordance with the Miami-Dade County building codes

Completed detailed set of construction documents for the interior spaces and provided the specifications for the materials and finishes

Researched and contacted manufacturers and suppliers in search for quality products and vendor’s quotes

Supervised proper installation of interior finishes and collaborated during the construction process

May 2010 - Oct 2011

Florida International University, School of Architecture, Miami, FL, US, Architecture History I & II Courses Teaching Assistant

Maintained attendance, examination and grade records of a twenty-eight student class

Guided students to develop critical and interpretive skills through writing assignments and discussion sessions

Promoted the understanding of architecture and urbanism concepts from the Classical Antiquity to the Enlightment, and from 19th to 20th century

Aug 2009 - Apr 2010

The Home Depot, Homestead, FL, US, Kitchen and Bath Designer Specialist

Worked in kitchen and bathroom designs for residential and commercial areas. Worked with customers ranging from building professionals to first time home improvement customers

Developed design solutions for full kitchens and working spaces, including cabinets, appliances, lighting, colors, and flooring. Utilized building and fire codes, followed NKBA design guidelines

Illustrated schematic plans through hand-drawings; utilized 20-20 modeling system to provide finalized plans for customer’s approval in a timely manner. Prepared cost estimates and customer agreements for merchandise ordering

Primary contact and bridge of communication between the customer, product suppliers and subcontractors to ensure a smooth installation process

Jan 2008 - Oct 2008

The Pacific Daily News, Gannett, Hagatna, GU, US, Graphic Artist

Developed ads and obituaries using Macintosh systems for the different sections of the newspaper

Responsible for meeting pagination deadlines

Ensured ads were of desired quality before entering the press for printing

Analyzed and interpreted information and instructions provided by the advertising department; utilized self-creativeness for the management of graphics, color and images

Performed the pagination of the daily classifieds and the Green Pages section

Mar 2006 - Nov 2006

The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, LA, US, Prepress Specialist / Ad builder

erpreted information provided by the client and advertising sales representative to create and develop concepts and layouts for print media

Utilized graphic design software like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark, and MultyAd Creator to produce digital imagery

Assigned to the team in charge of producing a weekly Real State Section and automotive ads

Responsible for meeting pagination deadlines and for printing negatives for full-page ads before

Jun 2003 - Mar 2005

The Shreveport Times, Gannett, Shreveport, LA, US, Single Copy Retail Account Executive

Managed over 300 retail accounts; constantly incorporated new clients

Negotiated with retail establishments to increase the use of promotional items

Sought-out and implemented solutions to problems due to drivers or collectors unsatisfactory service

Provided monthly performance reports

Sep 2002 - Mar 2003

Websmart Interactive, Inc, Minot, ND, US, Supervisor

Responsible for the performance of a team working on transaction verifications for legality and accuracy

Ensured all representatives used proper etiquette during inbound/outbound sales and customer service calls

Ensured compliance with established sales or statistic percentages

Provided hourly, daily, weekly and monthly reports on all assigned accounts

Oct 2000 - Mar 2002

Marti Flores Prieto and Wachtel, San Juan, PR, US, Intern

Contributed in the process for ads and campaigns development.

Feb 2000 - Mar 2000


Florida International University, Modesto Maidique Campus, Miami FL, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2008 - May 2011

University of Puerto Rico, Carolina, PR, US, Bachelors, Commercial Advertising Technology

Aug 1997 - May 2000


Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce's "Green Means Green Awards - Green Sprout" to the FIU SD Team, Award

"Green Means Green Award - Green Sprout", to the FIU 2011 SD Team for the "Perform[D]ance " House, Coral Gables FL, 2011 - For green building student design - The Perform[D]ance house is the solar home designed by the FIU Solar Decathlon Team, to compete on the Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition, 2011


1st Place Energy Balance Contest, 11th place overall, Department Of Energy, Solar Decathlon 2011, 1st Place

Maximum energy production and maintenance, utilizing solely a solar panels system, during the legth of the competition.


Award of Excellence Student Design, American Institute of Architects - to the FIU 2011 SD Team, Award

Award of Excellence Studen Design - American Institute of Architects, to the FIU 2011 SD Team for the "Perform[D]ance" House, Miami FL, 2010 - The Perform[D]ance house is the solar home designed by the FIU Solar Decathlon Team, to compete on the Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition, 2011


Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Sustainable South Florida Award: Green Education & Outreach - to the FIU 2011 SD Team, Nomination


FIU Open Space Charrette - Residential Quadrangle, 3rd Place

3rd Place - FIU Open Space Design Charrette - Residential Quadrangle, Project selected for further development and construction at the Modesto Maidique Campus, Miami FL, 2010


Architecture project displayed at the BEA International Gallery at the FIU School of Architecture, Other


Employee of the Month, The Home Deport, Award


Employee of the Month, Websmart Interactive, Inc., Award


Areas of Specialization